Tag Archives: BBC

General election 2017: Labour activist in Tinder voter registration drive

A Labour activist is using dating app Tinder to encourage people to register to vote in the general election ahead of the midnight deadline. Eligible voters have until 23:59 BST to register online through the official website for the 8 June election. After matching with potential dates on the app, she has been sending them links to the registration site. ...

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Four held in Lancashire County Council contract probe

A council chief and the leader of the Conservatives on Lancashire County Council (LCC) have been arrested as part of a long-running fraud investigation, the BBC understands. Police said four men, aged 72, 58, 56 and 55, were being held in the probe into financial irregularities at LCC. Liverpool City Council’s chief executive Ged Fitzgerald and leader of the Tories ...

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Heathrow-Crossrail row heads to High Court

A High Court judge is to rule on whether Crossrail trains should be charged for each time they travel to Heathrow Airport. The airport spent £1bn building the five-mile line 20 years ago to connect the hub to the Great Western track. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) previously decided Heathrow could not charge trains for using the line, ...

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Tony Fisher death: Robbers jailed for torturing grandad for savings

A gang of robbers who tortured a grandad to death so they could steal at least £10,000 of his life savings have been jailed. Two men were found guilty of murdering Tony Fisher while another two were cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. Mr Fisher, 58, was beaten and stabbed at his home in Carlton, Nottinghamshire, on 8 ...

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Van left hanging over pedestrian underpass in Havant

A crashed van was left wedged over a pedestrian underpass by a man suspected of driving while drunk. Police said no other vehicle was involved in the accident, which happened at the junction of Petersfield Road and Stockheath Road in Havant, Hampshire, at 05:00 BST on Sunday. A 37-year-old Waterlooville man has been charged with driving a vehicle with an ...

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Nursery worker raped and blackmailed teenage boy

A former nursery worker raped a boy and tried to blackmail other teenage boys into taking part in sex acts, a court has heard. Jamie Chapman, who has also worked as a teaching assistant and sports coach, tricked the teenage boys into sending him naked images of themselves. The 28-year-old from Solihull, West Midlands, has admitted rape and 21 offences ...

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South Africa's Western Cape declares drought disaster

South Africa’s Western Cape province has declared a drought disaster as it faces its worst water shortage in 113 years. Provincial leader Helen Zille said water will be harvested by drilling boreholes to serve key points like hospitals in Cape Town. The alert will last for three months but could be extended if the crisis persists, she said in a ...

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Former moderator Very Rev Dr James Leslie Weatherhead dies

The former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Rev Dr James Leslie Weatherhead, has died. Dr Weatherhead died early on Saturday morning a few hours before the 2017 General Assembly was due to meet. He was 86. He was born in Dundee in 1931 and appointed as moderator in 1993. The Church of Scotland ...

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General election 2017: May defends revised social care plans

Theresa May has defended making changes to the Tories’ social care pledge as critics called it a “manifesto meltdown”. The PM told the BBC “nothing has changed” and claimed rival parties had been “trying to scare” elderly people. Her announcement that an overall cap on costs would be included in the Tories’ offer followed criticism of the policy, first announced ...

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BBC presenter Julie Wadsworth 'performed sex act on boy', court hears

A man who claims he was indecently assaulted as a child by two ex-BBC radio presenters says boys were invited to come into the trees “one at a time”. The alleged 14-year-old victim, now in his 30s, told Warwick Crown Court he was “convinced 100%” that a couple he saw having sex against a tree in 1992 were Julie and ...

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